Thursday, January 04, 2007

We’re All Christophobes Here!

In an article in The Times last November,

There is an urgent need for respectful dialogue and co-operation between all interested parties, whether Christians or members of other faiths, agnostics or secularists. The dialogue needs to be well-informed: the easiest but not the most honest way to dismiss an idea one does not agree with is to misrepresent it, as Professor Dawkins does.”

It is notable that no evidence is presented to even attempt to justify the claim that Richard Dawkins misrepresents anything, far less religion, which only goes to prove that Murphy-O’Connor is culpable of the charge that he levies against Dawkins, and a victim of his own prejudices.

It will also be noticed that the mendacious Cardinal does not use the ‘devil-word’, atheist!

However, it gets better, for the Arch-Humbug of Christendom continues:

”I am becoming tired of the mockery of those who seem to regard faith communities, especially Christian ones, as intrusive and contrary to the common good. I label them Christophobic. They wish to close off every voice and contribution other than their own. Their inability to see the Christian seed in what is noble and good in Western culture chills the possibility of a true pluralism. Sometimes it spills over into the kind of anti-Christian bigotry that has appeared on some university campuses.”


Oh dear, the Cardinal-Charlatan is upset when the sane amongst us refuse to share his delusions and irrational faith (with apologies for that oxymoron) in some make-believe supernatural entity, and has to resort to name-calling since he cannot meet fair demands for proof that this so-called god he claims to believe in exists, or, indeed, ever did. Poor diddums. And as for this ‘Christian seed in what is noble and good in Western culture’ to which he refers, what is that, exactly, and how does it compare with, say, ‘the xtian seed in what is ignoble and bad in Western culture’?

But the Old Charlatan’s most incisive critique of science and rationalism is his completely untruthful, and logically invalid, attack on atheism in general and Richard Dawkins in particular:

What is lacking in the new secular aggressiveness is the very Christian virtue of doubt. Only secularists such as Professor Dawkins seem to have no doubt when it comes to faith.

The very xtian virtue of doubt? How can you speak of such a thing, when the only doubt that most of you seem to have is that your so-called beliefs are not completely delusional? But since your so-called beliefs cannot stand up to logical and scientific principles, they are correctly classified as mere faith, i.e. they represent a belief system which is immunised against evidence. Consequently, anyone who has no doubt that the irrational outpourings of so-called believers do not merit the same kind of respect as rational debate and scientific evidence is either a credulous buffoon or a mendacious charlatan. Which are you, Cardinal Archbishop?

6 comments:

Papalazarou said...

Not a shred of shame, not a scintilla of reason, no sense of hypocrisy? Amazing! Not even a metaphorical fig-leaf of decency. These people continually amaze me with their breathtaking lack of self awareness. More than delusional they are genuinely bloody potty.

BTW why does he think that we are afraid of Xtianity and only Xtianity? It's not fear Bish - it's disgust and hatred and it applies to all moronic theistic belief sets.

Alan Mackenzie said...

I am among those who are not buying the Cardinal's protestations.

”There is an urgent need for respectful dialogue and co-operation between all interested parties, whether Christians or members of other faiths, agnostics or secularists. The dialogue needs to be well-informed: the easiest but not the most honest way to dismiss an idea one does not agree with is to misrepresent it, as Professor Dawkins does.”

Well, I am sure that Dawkins respects the right of people to express their views [as I do]. Except the word "respect" is not limited to just that: it means 'hey you, stop asking questions. Criticising religious beliefs, is not permissible, as it is with one's views on politics, science, or history'.

”I am becoming tired of the mockery of those who seem to regard faith communities, especially Christian ones, as intrusive and contrary to the common good."

Especially Christian ones...we demand that people stop asking questions at once. Christians must have the right to express their views, but atheists really mustn't ridicule unfounded beliefs on the supernatural, divine, or afterlife.

Why? because you're not allowed to!

I am also intrigued by the Cardinal's remarks about 'public expression'. The usual double-standards apply: we can, but you can't, so take your absence of believe and leave.

Alan.

Alan Mackenzie said...

I should also mention that the use of made-up phrases like 'Christophobes' simply demonstrates the overall weakness of Murphy-O'Connor's argument.

Alan.

Alan Mackenzie said...

I should also mention that the use of made-up phrases like 'Christophobes' flies in the face of the Catholic Church's very liberal stance on homosexual and female clergy.

Lovely. So Dawkins, whom I regard as a nice guy overall, can make a few quasi-offensive 'bigoted' remarks about the non-existence of God, but it's OK for Catholics to snub gays and women, for no other reason, than because theology says so.

I have good reason to believe that Murphy-O'Connor's disproves his own argument without realising it!

Incredible hypocrisy and double-standards!

Alan.

The Merchant of Menace said...
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The Merchant of Menace said...

The Arch-Humbug and Cardinal-Charlatan's outburst simply demonstrates how worried these mendacious, duplicitous, and truly wicked religious leaders are at the growing failure of their religion to control the masses any more.

I expect many more such disingenuous attacks from these filth, so there should be even more opportunities in the future to greet their lies with the scorn, ridicule, mockery and contempt that they utterly deserve.

Mind you, as Hume said, and Murphy-O'Connor reiterates, resisting them will enable them to claim that they are being persecuted, and that will be good as it will make believers' faith stronger.

Sooner they all go the way of the Dodo the better.